>> Wednesday, January 2, 2008
Do you remember all compatible formats CD-i is capable of to play? Besides our favourite CD-i titles, our CD-i player is able to run Video CD, CD+Graphics and Photo CD as well. Especially the Photo CD format might hold a few interesting takes on CD-i. In the far east Video CD and Photo CD became pretty popular even after CD-i was long dead. In fact, they still produce Video CD and Photo CD formats. Gir from the lost CD-i Collective brought some titles to the CD-i community which are 100% compatible with a CD-i player. Most of them are adult rated. Take Paradise Arena, or "Gokuraku Arena" as it is officially called, produced by Janis. Paradise Arena is one of those enhanced Photo CD which holds up both audio and images, it's basically a story teller in which you can interact, so you choose what you want to do. I was pretty impressed what they can do with the Photo CD format, it's so much more than what I remember of the dull Photo CD application from Kodak!
Mostly this one is more just a 'choose your own scene' game. But it does make use of the menu system, and of the audio capabilities, which I've never seen in Photo CD's used in Europe. Basically, the conceit is that you are viewing a series of taped adventures. Each tape is a seperate scenario. The game play is the standard "adventure" set up of many japanese games.
Intrestingly, this style of format was used for alot of J-Idol photo books, a few cosplay discs, and anime nudity, and the odd tour disc. Very rarely were there games, but a few do exist. Perhaps it's an interesting take for someone wanting to create their own 'Choose your own adventure game' for CD-i & 3DO, they can more easily use the Photo Cd format rather than the complicated CD-i format!
Credits: Some pics from the PC-98 image site, thanks to Shroo-man for the link! Content above thanks to Gir from the CD-i Collective.